Citadelle Réserve Gin (Wooden Egg Version)
Citadelle // Cognac, France
In what first began as an 'family' experiment in 2008, Alexandre Gabriel first released a barrel-aged gin. This updated version, released in the US in late spring 2018, barrel-ages a gin made with 22 botanicals (yuzu, genepi, bleuet are added to the standard Citadelle Gin recipe). Five different types of wood--acacia, mulberry, cherry, chestnut, and French oak--are used to mature the gin for five months. Afterwards, the aged gins are placed into a patented eight-foot tall egg-shaped oak receptacle to marry before bottling at 45.2% ABV.
Barrel-Aged GinGin which spends some time in barrels, generally not more than a few months at a time, although there is no legal definition for this style.
Cask TypeAcacia, Mulberry, Cherry, Chestnut, and French oak; married in a wooden egg
"This ambitious gin pours a straw gold color. The nose shows a striking balance of sandalwood, juniper, baked butter, tart fruits, and wild herbs. In the mouth the spirit has an admirable richness laced by a wild honey character. The finish lingers with with a spike of bitter genepy and a hint of wood tannin."